Here’s a little quiz to help you assess your knowledge of the civilian government of the Confederacy. (Answers are given at the end.)
- Of the eleven Confederate states, which two were never represented in the executive branch?
- Which cabinet member was born in Germany, reared in South Carolina, served in the government of Charleston, S.C., and yet is buried in North Carolina?
- Who was the oldest person to serve in the Confederate cabinet?
- Which cabinet members were not natural-born American citizens? (Hint: there were three of them.)
- Which two cabinet members gained distinction as generals in the Confederate Army?
These fun facts are just a hint of the many things about the Confederate executive cabinet that you will learn from my book Confederate Cabinet Departments and Secretaries, published by McFarland & Company. It is available at http://www.mcfarlandpub.com, http://www.amazon.com, http://www.walmart.com, and many other online sources. If your local bookstore does not have it in stock, ask them to order it for you. I think you’ll learn a lot of interesting insights from it.
Answers to the quiz:
- Arkansas and Tennessee
- Christopher Memminger
- Christopher Memminger, 58 years old
- Christopher Memminger, Judah Benjamin, and Stephen Mallory
- Robert Toombs and John C. Breckinridge